Hiking & nature

Gurten - a paradise for hikers

Hiking on Bern's balcony

Only a few minutes from the city centre, the Gurten hill offers a unique view of the Federal Palace, the Old Town of Bern and the snowy peaks of the Oberland. The Bernese «mountain» is an ideal starting point for your hikes and walks, combining routes for all levels and a unique atmosphere.

The most beautiful terrace in Bern is on the Gurten, 858 metres above sea level. Bern's balcony offers a breathtaking view of the capital, the Jura Mountains and the Alps, and a fantastic playground for children. Hikers and walkers will find on the Gurten a varied offer and trails adapted to all needs. All the routes shown below start from the Gurten Funicular Summit Station.

Travel comfortably by train to Wabern b. Bern. In just a few steps, you are at the Gurten funicular.

Gurten walkway Lots of play opportunities for the entire family

Easy footpath across the meadows of the Gurten and along the edge of the forest, signposted “Grosser Rundweg”. Splendid view of the city of Bern. A grassy play area, a children’s playground, barbecue areas and a viewing tower can be found along the route.

Key data

Route Gurten / Bergstation – Gurten / Ostsignal – Studholz –Gurten / Westsignal – Gurten / Bergstation 
Starting point Gurten Bergstation 
Arrival point Gurten Berstation 
Length 3.2 km 
Elevation difference 100 m / 100 m 
Duration 1 hour

Ulmizer-view Ideal route for animal lovers

The ideal route: a large part of the hike crosses a shady forest. The path starts by following the circular path before turning south towards Studholz and descending regularly towards Blinzern.

Key data

Route  Gurten / Bergstation – Studholz – Jennershus – Chüeschatte –  Blinzern 
Starting point Gurten Bergstation
Arrival point Blinzern
Length 5.8 km 
Elevation difference 50 m / 230 m 
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes 

Gurten Classic The classic descent

The classic descent of the Gurten towards Wabern, through forests and meadows. Nice panoramic view from Gurtendorf.

Key data

Route  Gurten / Bergstation – Studholz – Hasebrunnewald – Wabern 
Starting point  Gurten Bergstation 
Arrival point Wabern (Talstation Gurtenbahn) 
Length  3.8 km 
Elevation difference  30 m / 310 m
Duration  1 hour 

View on the Alps Sweeping view of the Alps

Pleasant hike towards the valley on the east side of the Gurten to Kehrsatz. Splendid view of the mountain ranges of the Prealps and the Bernese Alps.

Key data

Route  Gurten / Bergstation – Gurten / Ostsignal – Gurtendorf – Breitägerte – Kehrsatz 
Starting point  Gurten Bergstation 
End point  Kerhsatz station
Length  4.4 km 
Elevation difference  40 m / 300 m 
Duration  1 hour 10 minutes 

Gurten Tour A little more strenuous

More sporty hike around the Gurten. The descent at the start in Grüenebodewald forest is only suitable for experienced hikers in wet conditions (slippery sandstone underfoot). We arrive in the Köniztal valley by passing through Jennershus, then to Wabern.

Key data

Route  Gurten / Bergstation – Grüenebodewald – Chüeschatte – Jennershus – Köniztal – Breitägerte – Wabern 
Starting point  Gurten Bergstation 
Arrival point  Wabern (Talstation Gurtenbahn)
Length  7.4 km 
Elevation difference 190 m / 370 m 
Duration  2 hours 10 minutes

The observatory above Bern

The observatory on the Gurten - a look into the universe for the whole family.

Since April 2022, the observatory on the Gurten has been thrilling astronomy fans both young and old. "Astro Events" explains the complex physical phenomena of the universe in an understandable and entertaining way and the telescope allows you to see the ring of Saturn or a planetary nebula live.

  • Observation evenings are held every Tuesday. Astro Events explains the phenomena of the universe in an entertaining way and offers a glimpse into distant galaxies.
  • In the winter months, children's observation evenings are held twice a month for young planet fans, with models, crafts and, of course, a look through the telescope. 
  • Special celestial events take place several times a year, for example a shooting star night or a lunar eclipse. On these occasions, the observatory puts on an evening with the culinary and the wow factor. 
  • The observatory is open to the public a few days a year, free of charge, so that everyone can have a look through a telescope.

The number of visitors per evening is limited and pre-registration is necessary.

Gurten funicular Today (Thursday) open

Gurten funicular timetable

The Gurten funicular operates daily from 7.00 hours every quarter of an hour, at 00/15/30 and 45 hours. Deviations from the timetable are possible when passenger numbers are high.

Monday–Saturday:

Last ascent       23.30 hours
Last descent     23.45 hours

Sunday & public holidays:

Last ascent       20.00 hours    
Last descent     20.15 hours

    
Subject to change without prior notice

Wabern–Gurten Kulm one-way *

  • CHF 7.00 Adults
  • CHF 3.50 Adults with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 3.50 Children 6–15.99 years

Wabern–Gurten Kulm retour *

  • CHF 12.60 Adults
  • CHF 6.30 Adults with Half Fare Card
  • CHF 6.30 Children 6–15.99 years


* also applies to replacement service

GA, Half-Fare travelcard, Bern Ticket, Junior Travelcard and Libero monthly and annual travelcards for the 100/101 zone are valid. The Libero Day pass and the Multi and Group Day passes are not valid. Tickets can be purchased via the BLS timetable and in the BLS mobile app as well as at any ticket counter or ticket machine.

     
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

How to get there

Travel comfortably by train to Wabern b. Bern. In just a few steps, you are at the Gurten funicular.

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